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Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 6

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Uploaded on Dec 10, 2011

"In the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, it is very challenging to come out as an undocumented immigrant. Many times, even our own immediate family members perpetuate the "shame" of being undocumented by keeping us silent and in the shadows. This may even go to the extent where our own cousins won't know about our immigration status. In general, topics like immigration are to be avoided by any means necessary.

As a result, ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) was created in order to create a safe space for API Dreamers to share our stories.

As undocumented immigrants, we often encounter awkward situations where we find ourselves making elaborate excuses in order to avoid talking about our immigration status. In this video, an everyday situation where a group of friends just hanging out turns AWKWARD when the topic of traveling abroad gets brought up."

-Steve Li (12/10/11)

For more information on ASPIRE and the work they do, please visit their page at:

http://www.aspiredreamers.org/

Special thanks to everyone in ASPIRE who participated in the making of this video!

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